Not only is Justin Bieber celebrating his latest No. 1 album "Under the Mistletoe" but he is also joyous over the fact that he breaks records on Billboard Hot 200. In the chart's 55-year history, he becomes the first male artist to place a holiday album at the penthouse of the weekly rundown in its first week.
Bieber soars to the first position on the U.S. Album chart by selling a total of 210,000 copies of the album in its opening week. Upon learning the sale figure, he tweets, "Thank u 4 loving the new album...4 supporting it and me...and 4 helping me make my dreams a reality. I wouldnt be here without u. #MUCHLOVE."
He joins a few artists who had scored No. 1 Christmas albums on Hot 200. Prior to him, there were Susan Boyle's 2010 "The Gift", Josh Groban's 1997 "Noel", Kenny G's 1994 "Miracles: The Holiday Album", Mitch Miller's 1962 "Holiday Sing Along" and 1958 "Christmas Sing Along", Bing Crosby's 1957 "Merry Christmas", and Elvis Presley's 1957 "Elvis' Christmas Album".
Coming out in the United States on November 1, "Under the Mistletoe" marks 17-year-old Bieber's third chart topper. It makes him the first soloist to earn three No. 1s before 18th birthday. He surpassed LeAnn Rimes' record of two No. 1s which she got before she turned 16.
Regardless the record-breaking achievement, this newly-released holiday album actually doesn't give Bieber his best sale weeks. In fact, the sale number is lower than his two previous efforts. His 2010 "My World" bowed at No. 1 with 283,000, while its follow-up "My World 2.0" entered the top spot with 291,000 copies.
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